[Well, the new series has started. A new Doctor, a new companion, a new Tardis and a whole new production team. A lot was riding on this 65 minutes of television.]
It was a triumph, basically.
The plot is wafer-thin, but it’s important to bear in mind that a certain segment of the intended audience aren’t even old enough to remember Chris Eccleston as the Doctor, so there’s a certain restatement of key ideas and themes as well as the usual introductions to be done. The plot is only enough to hang these developments on, but the script sparkles - there are some genuinely funny moments - and it wastes barely a second. There’s little of the flabbiness that characterised some of the scripts in the specials. Go The Moff!
Matt Smith inhabits the character completely - he is the Doctor, no question or doubt about his age intrudes here. The fact that he is a genuinely odd looking character helps, but he’s not just goofy, there’s a steel there, and he exudes intelligence. There’s a pleasing sarcastic streak too “Twenty minutes to save the planet and all I’ve got is a Post Office. And it’s shut!”.
Karen Gillan is gorgeous. Her introduction to the Doctor is done very well, the image of the young Amelia Pond sitting on her little suitcase waiting forlornly for the Tardis to return is poignant, and bodes well for her not-entirely-trusting-and-liking-the-Doctor relationship as the grown-up Amy (hopefully). Plus she’s gorgeous. There’s a great moment with an apple, too.
I enjoyed this very much indeed, and can hardly wait for next week. Congratulations to all involved.